Cubs beat Pirates 6-5 on Difo error in 11th

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CHICAGO (AP) — Sergio Alcántara scampered home when second baseman Wilmer Difo mishandled a popup in the 11th inning, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Thursday night for their third straight win.

Rafael Ortega and Ian Happ homered for Chicago, and Alcántara logged the first three-hit game of his career. Codi Heuer (6-2) got three outs for the win.

Alcántara began the 11th on second base and advanced on Ortega's sacrifice bunt. Happ then sent a high fly to second, where Difo committed the game-ending error.

It's the first three-game win streak for the Cubs since a five-game run from June 8-13.

Casey Drottar, The Associated Press

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